ESD 123's Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a "whole child," comprehensive, family-focused preschool program that provides FREE services and support to eligible children and their families. The goal of ECEAP is to help ensure all Washington children enter kindergarten ready to succeed.
Eligibility Requirements: Children must meet certain eligibility requirements. Children are eligible for ECEAP if they are:
- At least three years old, but not yet five years old, by 8/31/2015;
- Not simultaneously enrolled in Head Start;
- Meet one of the following criteria:
- Qualified by their school district for special education services under RCW 28A.155.020. All children with a school district Individualized Education Program (IEP) meet this requirement.
- Students with a school district IEP are given higher priority points, however, priority is based on a point system that identifies multiple risk factors for each child. For more information on this point system, see the WA Department of Early Learning webpage here.
- From a family with income at or below 110% of the federal poverty guidelines established by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Children who are eligible for ECEAP are not automatically enrolled.
ESD 123 partners with local school districts to offer ECEAP at the following center locations:
Columbia School District (Burbank)
Columbia Elementary School
Finley School District:
Finley Community Center
North Franklin School District
Pasco School District:
- Mesa Elementary School
- Connell Elementary School
Othello School District
- Rowena Chess Elementary
- Emerson Elementary School
- Whittier Elementary School
- Longfellow Elementary School
Scootney Springs Elementary School
ECEAP applications can be picked up or dropped off at the sites listed above. The Finley location for application drop off or pick up is at the Finley School District Office. Completed applications can also be faxed to (509) 544-5784 attn: April Martin.
What We Have to Offer
- Full-day preschool instruction [September – May]
- Half-day classes
- Developmental screenings and referrals
- Nutritious meals and snacks
- Health and dental screenings
- Home Visits
- Parent Leadership Opportunities
- Family Events
- Kindergarten Readiness Activities
- Transportation provided in some service areas
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